How to completely ignore your blog and all of it’s followers, then come back and pretend like you haven’t missed a post.

Just kidding. I honestly did not plan on being gone for so long but I was in a coma – at least a blogging coma. The truth is: we got pregnant. With twins. And those first few months were rough – reeeaally rough. Like, I didn’t go anywhere without ziploc baggies to puke into rough. And then they were tiring – reeeaally tiring. And now I have no excuses. I’m on modified bedrest and I’m bored out of my mind and I feel a little guilty to even write this blog – because it’s been so freaking long since I’ve written anything. I almost thought I should just delete this blog, pretend like it never happened, and start a new one. But then I’d lose all those great moments and I’m too sentimental to lose all of those – especially right now – when just about anything brings me to tears.

The bad part about trying to just pick right up again is it’s been 7 months. A lot has happened in those 7 months and I would hate to shortchange all the accomplishments we have made in 7 months by just a quick summary. So, here’s what I’ll do: I’ll give you a nice photo tour of our house right now and maybe I’ll post later about how we did it.

We finaled with our addition about three months ago – at least as far as the city is concerned. Apparently  they don’t care if your front yard is done – because up until last weekend it had about 2 feet of weeds growing everywhere. It’s now freshly graded and trenches are dug for our future front yard. M is at work for the next four days, so nothing is going to happen there…and I was too lazy to walk outside and take a picture so just pretend it looks just like how it did back in July. And honestly, aside from the massive trenches, it really does. So, no pics of the front yard today.

Here is our new entry/music room:
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Our livingroom and the tv console table I built from one of Ana White’s plans:
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The stairs we still need to finish the skirts and the baseboards on the landing and put in the runner:
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Red’s room/alcove bed:
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You can see we still haven’t put up any closet doors. Red loves her chandelier. It came white and I just spray painted it yellow.
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E’s room:
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The dressers are Ikea’s Tarva’s hacked into dressers with bookshelf hutches. I will follow up with a tutorial (probably in the next 7 months…). I built those somewhere between puking my guts out and sleeping my life away.
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One of her bookcases opens up to make a little desk. Mike get’s the credit for this hack, I just gave him detailed instructions and some hinges and clasps.
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The girl’s Jack and Jill bathroom in all it’s messy glory:
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Our massive master bedroom and bathroom. We still need to stain the end panel on our kitchenette. I also have a canvas coming of a picture I took in Yosemite that will hang over the sink.
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You can see I still need to finish painting a lot of the door/alcove trims. Mike says I have until the twins are 3 to finish…I guess he’s basing his timeline on my recent lack of motivation.
Mike’s closet…imagine how it looks with better lighting. Mike and I had a contest at this point: see who could finish their closet first. He did all of the woodworking in his, and I did all of the woodworking in mine. Technically I finished first – only because I caulked and touched up all of the baseboards in my closet and he’s still waiting for me to do that in his. Honestly, his clothes were moved in to his closet about three days before mine were. His also has a secret door that I’m not supposed to talk about…ssssshhhh….if you come over, try and find it.
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My closet. These are really crappy pics. You should see it in person.
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In case you are curious, that’s a painting I did – I based it off of a painting I saw at Target a long time ago but didn’t buy because I didn’t like the colors it was done in…so, it’s a copy of something I saw at Target #expensivetaste

The future nursery with some blankets I’ve been working on:
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On the outside we have rain gutters and solar panels. That is all.

Painting, electrical, and stucco, oh my!

Since the drywall finished we have been moving really fast at finishing everything up. The last two weeks we got the house scratched and browned and all that is left is to put the last coat: color. Then Mike and I will put the siding and trim on the front, paint and be *eeek* done! haaahaa. At least with the house. We still need to put our front yard back together. And it’s a mess. Anyone like digging ditches? I didn’t think so…

I’m a sucker for Benjamin Moore paints. The paint levels out and looks amazing. It’s worth the extra cost and it never has disappointed me. They’ve been around since the 1800s and have thousands of colors. All those choices can be good and bad – I can be pretty indecisive. Especially with color. In school I spent an entire year studying the color spectrum. It took me days just to pick the white of our ceilings and trim…I let E pick the color of her room just because I was sick of picking out colors. It took her five minutes to pick it out. Her room is very colorful.

The pics don’t do the paint justice, but I didn’t feel like taking photos with my nice camera since I’m going to be taking more when all the finish work is done. Hope you enjoy the transformation as much as I do!

The entry, living and kitchen and main body of the house (also known as the default) is painted in BM Stonington Gray in eggshell. It’s a light gray that reads blue/gray in early morning light and then true gray to greige in afternoon light. It’s crisp/clean and a great backdrop to art and family photos. I’m really loving it paired with the crisp white we chose for trim and ceilings: BM Decorator’s White. I’m a rebel and I like to break rules – especially when you know you are breaking them. The ceilings are not flat, they are eggshell and they glow. It makes them seem higher and really makes the whole space feel alive.
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The stairwell is painted in BM Decorator’s White eggshell on the walls and the ceiling is BM Iceberg in eggshell.
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BM Iceberg is beautiful. It has a hint of gray but is a sophisticated, neutral, barely there blue. It’s like sky on a bright summer day. I used this same color on my closet walls paired with BM Decorators White on the ceiling and in the playroom.
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Red’s room: BM Decorators White eggshell walls and BM Iceberg eggshell ceiling. Red loves neon colors and wants all of her accessories to be neons. She will have a chandelier over her bed painted bright yellow and I am toying with the idea of adding neon pink polka dots on the Iceberg part of her wall. There will be a chair rail/ledge between the Iceberg and the Decorators White.
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E’s room: BM Sea Mist Green eggshell walls and Decorators White eggshell ceilings. E’s going to have built in bookshelves/daybed/storage on her main wall and it will be Decorators White. I think the Sea Mist is going to really make the bright white pop. I’m also planning to add some matte gold accents to her room.
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The Jack and Jill bath: I wanted a warm off-white for the walls. I ended up mixing a few of my sample pots in with my leftover BM White Dove so this color is a “custom” color. Good luck making it. It’s BM Mayonaise, BM Snowfall White and BM White Dove its a mix of eggshell and satin sheens – so it’s closer to their pearl. And because it didn’t cost me anything extra and is just about what I was going for, I love it. I also made vinyl polka dot decals (tutorial) with matte nickel spray paint for the walls. The ceilings are BM Decorators White eggshell.
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The Master Bedroom: I painted it BM Nimbus Gray eggshell. I’m not totally sold on this color – but it’s pretty popular – so I figured that would be good enough and at this point I was tired of being indecisive. It’s blue with gray, surprise – as if the name wasn’t telling enough. I think it will look great with our white built-in coffee station and chrome accents. The ceiling is again BM Decorators White in eggshell. The funny thing about Nimbus Gray, BM has a Nimbus – which is actually very gray and Nimbus Gray which is blue. Go figure. It’s like they’re messing with us.
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The Master Bath: BM Decorators White ceilings in eggshell, BM Stonington Gray main body.
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Toilet room: BM Stormy Sky in eggshell.
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Back downstairs in the old master bedroom/new guest room we painted it the same color is was before, not because it was the most amazing color ever. But, because I had a gallon of it left over from the last time we painted it. It’s BM Rockport Gray in eggshell, the ceilings are BM White Dove in eggshell, the bathroom is BM Stormy Sky (yes I had a gallon of this laying around). Rockport Gray is a very true greige. It’s a gray that reads green/brown/gray depending on the lighting, time of day and colors around it. I like it. I’m hoping this will one day be a nursery and I’m planning to pair it with bright orange. In the meantime it’s a great guestroom color. Stormy Sky is just as it’s name suggests: it’s how I would paint the clouds 30 minutes after sunset just before a hailstorm. It’s dark gray. In fact, if pressed, I’d call it a midnight gray that reads blue in bright light. It seems fitting for toilet rooms.
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Last, but not least, is our “Fancy Bath”. When I first moved in, I’m not going to lie, I hated this bathroom. I think the tile in the shower is HIDEOUS. The wonderful thing about paint is you can take an element that is *ahem* not your favorite, but semi-permanent, and highlight it so that it seems more of a choice/statement rather than an “oopsie”. So, paired with BM White Dove on the walls and ceiling made the tile look fabulous. I’m actually happy with the bathroom now. I’m probably going to paint the vanity (eventually). I can live with this bathroom for a long time and Mike and I now refer to it as the fancy bath. I bought the mirror from someone on Facebook for $20.
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While I painted Mike followed behind me and installed the switches, wallplates, register trims, vent trims and light trims. With painting done it’s time to move on to flooring/tiling the showers and I’m so excited!